"While visiting the isles of Greece in 2003, I was faced with a difficult situation. I couldn't risk exposing the electronics in my prosthesis to sand or water, yet crossing the wide expanses to get from beach entrances to the shoreline so I could swim was exhausting and near impossible because of the struggles associated with crutch tips sinking into the sand and efforts required to maintain stability and momentum. Sadly, I did not spend much time at those beaches or enjoy many ocean swims. On returning to the states, I searched everywhere for a device I could attach to my crutches that would support my weight over the sand; in my mind's eye I could see what I needed, but was shocked to discover no one manufactured this simple device that would enable me to visit a beach much easier. In 2007 I set out with my father A.J., (who is an industrial designer) to create the SandPad / EZ-Walk in an effort to help both myself, and others suffering from the same difficulties preventing a full range of activity on beaches and waterfronts. Feedback from users helped us evolve the design from beach use to all terrains where we can now offer the SandPad / EZ-Walk as the all regional, all seasonal cane and crutch pad helping people get across every kind of challenging terrain."
Inventor of the SandPad / EZ-Walk